Girls’ team for Tulips

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Spalding United’s youth academy and community project has taken another step forward with the formation of a girls’ team.

This takes the number of youth teams operating under the Tulips banner to 12, offering football to aspiring players from the age of seven to 15.

The new girls’ under-15 team is an amalgam of players from Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School and Bourne Academy.

Although the girls have played competitively for their schools, they have not played together as a team.

With their involvement with the Tulips, this season they have been entered into the S-Tech League which centres around Cambridgeshire and that county’s borders.

The new team, which is managed by Chris Mitchell, began training as a unit in March.

He said: “They have shown great progress.

“We would not have entered them into a league if we did not think they were good enough.

“We have a large squad but would like to expand our numbers as it would be great to enter two teams into a league in the future.”

Mitchell and his helpers are planning two full-scale training sessions this month and an evening event at the Sir Halley Stewart Field as a meet and greet occasion with a barbeque. The management team are also enrolling for the FA Level One coaching badge and also a first aiders course.

Anyone interested in joining the team can e-mail chris.mitchell626@yahoo.com